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Tacoma teachers vote to approve contract

The Tacoma School District reached an agreement with the Tacoma Education Association Friday. School will start Monday, September 17.
Central Elementary School (currently serving as the Central Administration Building for the Tacoma School District) in Tacoma, Washington. Source: National Park Service

Tacoma Education Association members approved a new contract following a one-week strike.

Union members met at Mount Tacoma High School Friday morning to discuss the tentative agreement reached Thursday night. Ninety-nine percent of those in attendance voted to ratify the deal.

The final agreement includes a 14 percent pay increase for professional technical employees, a 14.4 percent pay increase for certified staff including teachers, and a 19 percent pay increase for office professionals.

School is scheduled to start Monday, September 17.

Tacoma teachers started striking Thursday, September 6, which was the scheduled start of the new school year. The Tacoma Education Association was fighting for more money, as part of the McCleary Decision, which set aside $2 billion for teacher salaries in the current budget.

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